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ALAN TURNER: The good and bad news from the economic front

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, column, MBJ, Mississippi

A t a dinner hosted by Regions Bank on Sept. 3 at the Jackson Country Club, Regions Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Richard Moody was joined by Senior Vice President for Public Policy Chris Scribner to present some of their prognostications for both the state and national economic scene, and the political picture as […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Change — you must embrace it and learn to manage it

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

Before reading this column, complete the following sentence with the very first thing that comes to your mind: I never dreamed I’d see the day that … Over the past 20 years or more I have opened many a presentation with that little exercise. It is fascinating to see how the responses have changed. When […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Pence chooses Medicaid solution over rhetoric

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans, Tea Party

Most real TEA Partiers know of Mike Pence.   The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government, and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95% grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Kudzu-like government thwarts cutbacks

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: Business, government, Mississippi

It’s budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature. More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health, and so on. Oh, and a tax cut too. Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi. Bryant said “no,” but made an even […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Approaches to leverage social media branding

When considering the best ways to approach social media branding for your company, organization or product, there are numerous strategies to make a splash in the digital domain. A recent conference about harnessing the power of social media hosted by Columbia Business School’s Center for Global Brand Leadership highlighted top social strategies to make your […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Learning the realities of life after college with My Salinger Year

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, My Salinger Year, New York

Any reading, word-loving, literary-minded person will identify with Joanna Rakoff and her desire to immerse herself in the literary world of books, authors and publishing. And where to fulfill this dream? New York City, of course. In the 1990s, Rakoff leaves graduate school and takes a job as a poorly paid assistant at a famous […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: New Mississippi College law dean has ability to turn vision into reality

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi

One of the most powerful things a leader can do is to speak vision into an organization and individuals.  President Woodrow Wilson once said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope […] [...]

MCCULLOUGH: Common sense energy policy can work for U.S.

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Mississippi, natural gas, nuclear

If there’s one reason Washington should keep an eye on legislation south of the border, it’s so that Mexico doesn’t leave the U.S. in the dust when it comes to energy resource development. Yes, the U.S. is in the midst of its own energy boom, but neither oil and gas production nor global energy markets […] [...]

BLACKWELL: Passing on financial wisdom to your children

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, Regions Bank

The time of year when children head back to school provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate what they are learning — and what we are teaching them. As parents and grandparents, we teach them to read and write, to wash the car and mow the lawn, to bait a hook and build a fire. We […] [...]

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